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31 July, 2011

Nationalism Needs...........No Voice.

This is a completely different and amazing version of Indian National Anthem. Patriotism at its best....

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19 July, 2011

The Art of Staying Healthy









Two Monks.....

Two Buddhist monks, one senior and the other junior, were on their way to their monastery, which was a good distance away. On the way they met a young woman who was lame. Some unfortunate event had left her on the road abandoned and alone. She had to reach her house, which was, co-incidentally, on the same road the monks were traveling.

The younger monk offered to carry her on his shoulders. The senior monk looked askance at the idea for, as you know, Buddhist monks are not supposed to touch any woman, far less see them. But the younger monk went ahead nevertheless, hoisted the young woman on his shoulders and took off.

After dropping the woman at her house, the two monks carried on their way.

On reaching the monastery, the senior monk searched out the Abbot to lodge a complaint against the younger monk.

The Abbot questioned the senior, “Did he cause her any harm or discomfort?”

“No.”

“Did he inconvenience her in any way?”

“No.”

“Did he put her down where she wanted?”

“Yes.”

“Then why are you still carrying her?”

12 July, 2011

The Real Meaning of Peace

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest - in perfect peace.

The king chose the second picture.

"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

08 July, 2011

Empty Your Cup

The teacup story is around in different versions, here is one of them.

A very intelligent college professor went to see a great Zen master to learn all he could from the master about Zen, and about the meaning of life. After having travelled many miles to see the master, they sat down together for tea. The professor began to go on at length about all he knew about Zen and what he thought was the meaning of life. The Zen master sat patiently listening and the few times he tried to speak, the professor quickly cut him off with his own feelings about whatever the master had begun to speak of.


After a while, the master asked the professor if he wanted some more tea. The professor said, "Yes, thank you." As the master filled his cup, he continued to pour the tea even as it ran over the top and onto the floor. The professor said, "What are you doing? The cup is full. Stop pouring the tea!"

As the master stopped pouring, he said, "Just the same as the cup is full, so is your mind. You came here to gain more knowledge from me. However, all you've done is tell me everything you already know. Empty your cup so that you may learn from others."

The concept is very simple, but difficult to practice. It requires tremendous humility to accept that you have left your ego and have come to receive.

Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting something go every day. – Zen Proverb